GRUB Food Fair in Manchester

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Food markets and markets in general are a big passion of mine. It is the whole vibe, the relaxed environment, amazing food and handmade things that I love. I also feel that I can relate to the people that sell things that they have put so much energy and love in. The things they made are almost like their babies – you can often see in their eyes how proud they are and also sometimes a little bit nervous…who will buy something? Will people be even interested in my products?

Having had a market stall myself and having helped my mum selling her handmade things I know this feeling and it makes me so happy when I can buy handmade things at a market and support independent business. There is just something so special about it and this feeling doesn’t stay at the market, it makes me happy when I am back at home enjoying a piece of cake that I maybe bought or admiring something handmade that finds a new place in my home.

Therefore I am a big fan of GRUB in Manchester and when they opened the GRUB Food Fair I was very, very excited to go and try the delicious food and drinks on offer!
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The Food Exchange – Savoury, warm comfort food

I have just seen that my last post was from almost a month ago. I can’t believe it! Time is flying at the moment and so, so much is happening.
Although it is almost mid January I wish all of you all the best for the new year! May 2017 be wonderful, exciting and full of happiness!

Lucy’s and my Food Exchange start this year with savoury and warm food that counts as comfort food as well as party food – how practical :).
Lucy suggested to make sausage rolls to me  – what a traditional and typical English recipe!
And, as usual, I suggested a German recipe to her. Head over to her blog to see more: www.lucyabakes.com

The recipe that I used for the sausage rolls (with a twist) you can find below.

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The Food Exchange: Deliciously nutty!

The Food Exchange is entering the third season: Autumn. It is getting cooler and darker now but at the same time the leaves on the trees shine almost golden and enjoying this time of the year with a warm drink and something sweet is the best!
Like every month Lucy from Lucyabakes and I were looking for a topic to send each other recipes – perfect for the start of Autumn we chose “nuts” as this months topic.

Lucy gave me this recipe of a chocolate tiffin – I had never heard of such a thing before and love to learn something new. Chocolate Tiffin is a Scottish invention, dating back to around 1900. The great thing is that it is super easy to make and doesn’t even require baking!

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The Food Exchange – fresh fruit is always a good idea!

I actually cannot believe that this is already the ninth Food Exchange this year – is it really September yet??!?
For this months Food Exchange* Lucy from lucyabakes and I decided to suggest each other recipes that contain some sort of stone fruit. Lucy gave me the challenge to bake a peach and raspberry sponge pudding.
The recipe is perfect for autumn or late summer – here in England there are days when you can already smell the smoking chimney and hear the fallen leaves rustling when walking down the park as Autumn approaches. When you then come home to an amazing smelling dish that is warm and comforting it kind of completes the day in a really nice way.

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Caramelised onion tarte

I love puff pastry! You can do so much with it: you can use it for sweet or savoury dishes, you can roll it, top it with ingredients or even let it be the top of a dish to add a nice crust to it. Another plus is, that you can always have it in your freezer, ready to knock up a spontaneous meal.

For my birthday I got an amazing cookbook from a German cook (it is called ‘Greenbox‘ by Tim Maelzer) and there is an amazing recipe for an onion tarte. Unfortunately I didn’t have all the ingredients at home, so I made up my own version that I would like to share with you today. It is super quick to make, delicious and if you have onions, creme fraiche and puff pastry at home you don’t need much more.

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The Food Exchange: it is getting boozy…

It is time again for the Food Exchange – like every month Lucy from lucyabakes and I look for a topic and then suggest recipes to each other. Lucy (from England, living in Germany) suggests an English recipe to me and I (from Germany, living in England) suggest a German recipe to her. This is such a great way to discover traditions and learn about delicious recipes! Every month I look forward to it!

As the headline already indicates: this will be our first Food Exchange that involves somehow incorporating alcohol in the baking process.
Lucy suggested Guinness cake to me and I found a recipe for it in my Paul Hollywood baking book. I had never made Guinness cake before so I was quite excited to make it.
The result are pretty little cakes that even look a bit like Guinness – dark at the bottom and light at the top. Funnily enough this is also exactly like they taste: a dark and malty cake covered with a light, fluffy topping.
Have a go at the recipe below, the cakes taste delicious!

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